Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Did you buy flowers for Valentines Day? A lot of flowers were shipped around the world to enable that.
That and some other selected encouraging statistics:
UPS delivered approximately 118 million flowers to loved ones this Valentine’s Day. (Source: UPS)U.S Customs processed imports of approximately 867 million cut flower stems during the 2013 Valentine’s Day season (Jan. 1st to Feb. 1st). Most of the cut flowers are imported from South America, primarily Colombia, with 567 million stems or 65%, followed by Ecuador with 190 million stems or 22% of the total. (Source: USCBP)
One of the largest flower import hubs in the world is Miami International Airport, where 85% (738.2 million stems) of imported cut flowers enter the country every year. The port of Los Angeles ranks a distant second by processing 43.7 million flower stems. Imported cut flowers also resulted in nearly 1,900 interceptions of pests/bugs by U.S. Customs officials between Jan. 20th – Feb. 14th of last year. (Source: USCBP)
So far in 2014, American candy makers have also imported about 20,000 metric tons of chocolate. (Source: Zepol Corporation | zepol.com)
Retail sales in 2014 are expected to increase 4.1%, up from the preliminary 3.7% growth seen in 2013. However, 2014 e-commerce sales is forecast to outpace traditional retail sales growth by 3X with an expected 12% increase. (Source: NRF.com)
Georgia merchandise exports set a record in 2013, totaling $37.6 billion, a 4.2% increase over 2012. The state’s strong performance helped the United States hit an all-time record for exports of U.S. goods and services, reaching $2.3 trillion in 2013 and supporting nearly 10 million American jobs. (Source: USDOC)
The industrial sector absorbed +121.3 million square feet in 2013, the strongest reading since 1998, and e-commerce related demand was estimated to account for nearly 40% of all net absorption. In 2013, Atlanta registered the third-highest absorption rate in the country, with +7.69 million square feet. (Source: Cassidy Turley)
U.S. vessel imports in 2013 totaled 18.2 million TEU’s, up 3.7% from the previous year. Annual import TEUs haven’t been this high since 2007. (Source: Zepol Corporation | zepol.com)
For the third year in a row we are Media Partner for the European LogiCon conference February 11th-13th in the Grand Krasnapolsky Hotel in Amsterdam. Retail, CPG companies and solution providers come together to discuss the current and future state of supply chains. The conference starts with a drill down day on Forecasting and Demand Planning. The theme of the day is: Innovating and Optimizing your Forecasting and Demand Planning Tools and Processes to Ensure They’re Future-Proof. [click to continue…]
Last week I came across this picture somewhere on the internet. It really made me smile and I saved it immediately. What I forgot is to make a note where I found it, so I must apologize for not being able to mention that source, although the original source is most probably FedEx.
It used to be mainly businesses that used express courier services to get urgent shipments delivered. Nowadays the parcel companies deliver millions of parcels, filled with goods ordered online, to homes as well. I wonder which customers are considered to be the most difficult for parcel companies, businesses or consumers? If you know, please leave a comment! [click to continue…]
At the start of the year the 5th edition of The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management has been published by Kogan Page. It’s a whopping 720 pages filled with a wealth of information on all aspects of the supply chain, from raw materials trough to final distribution of the finished product. The authors are Alan Rushton, Phil Croucher, and Peter Baker, who are experienced and seasoned consultants in the field, which explains the hands on style in which the book is written. [click to continue…]
In June of 2012 I first wrote a blog post about Location Based Logistics, in which I argued that in the future parcels would no longer be delivered to addresses (Ship-to Address) , but to persons (Ship-to Person), where-ever that person is or will be. We would need to trust the parcel carrier with the knowledge of our location, and plans for our day, as they need to route packages to where you are or will be on a certain day, on a certain time. For this to be successful the systems and distribution network used by the shipper need to be flexible enough to cope with changes in the routines of the Ship-to Persons.
A new patent that was granted to Amazon last month has the potential to grow into a Ship-to Person system. The patent describes a system dubbed ‘Anticipatory shipping’: [click to continue…]
Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Over the past months the figures have been improving and the economy is getting stronger. We are seeing similar positive developments in Europe.
Some selected encouraging statistics: [click to continue…]
Since the end of 2012 Same-Day Delivery is a returning topic on Logistics, Supply Chain and e-Commerce news sites and blogs. It all started about a year ago when large online and offline retailers launched Same-Day Delivery services.
These retail / e-tail giants used the traditional model when it comes to getting the goods to their end customer, at least at the start. Some used parcel shippers, others launched their own fleet of vehicles with own couriers.
Large e-Tailers have huge distribution centers (big stock, high availability, an advantage) scattered regionally, usually not in the middle of densely populated areas (a disadvantge). Retailers can combine regional distribution centers with their network of brick & mortar stores (smaller stock, a disadvantage) with stores in almost all densely populated areas (an advantage). [click to continue…]
Christmas is a busy time of year for both people and businesses. Especially Retail and e-Commerce companies, Logistics Providers, and Parcel Carriers are experiencing peak volumes. On the people side there are similar Planning and Logistics challenges, as presents need to be bought, grocery shopping needs to be done, and trips to family need to be planned and executed.
It’s a time of being with family and loved ones, exchanging presents, eating too much, and thinking about the year that was and the year that will come. [click to continue…]
Each month the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics publishes a Logistics Market Snapshot with key Logistics and Supply Chain figures and statistics. Included are several Multimodal, Trucking, Rail, Air, and Ocean Freight Indexes, Industrial Vacancy and Rent Rates and general economic indexes. Some selected encouraging statistics, including a results overview of the first part of the shopping season: [click to continue…]
November has been a very busy month in which we visited a total of three conferences, of which LogiMed was the first.
The LogiMed 2013 Conference was held in the Kempinski 4 Seasons Hotel in the center of Munich, where more than 125 Medical Device Logistics and Supply Chain executives exchanged ideas, knowledge, experience, business cards and drinks. [click to continue…]